January 2020

Fri
17
Jan

TAKO event cancelled

TAKO event cancelled

 

Due to impending weather conditions the Take a Kid Outdoors (TAKO) event scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 18 in West Union has been cancelled.

 

Wed
15
Jan

Warrior boys down pair of UIC foes

Warrior sophomore Trey Kriener hits a jumper during South Winn’s big win over Central last week. The Warriors went on to defeat Kee on Friday night as Kriener dropped a career-high 18 points. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Warrior boys down pair of UIC foes

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

The South Winn boys’ basketball team improved to 7-3 on the season after a pair of Upper Iowa Conference wins last week. The Warriors defeated Central on Tuesday, Jan. 7, before downing Kee on the road on Friday.

Central

After dropping three of their last four games, the Warrior boys were able to get back on track at home by downing the Central Warriors, 65-25.

“I was proud of our guys to bounce back and get a good conference win,” said coach Blake Moen after the win. “Our defensive intensity from start to finish in this game was great and really set the pace for us early.”

Wed
15
Jan

SW girls struggle against Central, Kee

Junior Mary Frana drives into the paint and looks for a shot during South Winn’s 50-19 loss to Central Elkader on Tuesday, Jan. 7. Frana led the Warriors with nine rebounds in the game. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

SW girls struggle against Central, Kee

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

The young South Winn girls’ basketball team dropped a pair of Upper Iowa Conference matchups last week, falling to Central and Kee.

Central

The Warriors fell to a tough Central team on Tuesday, Jan. 7, in Calmar as the 9-2 foe downed South Winn by a score of 50-19.

“This was the best first half of basketball I’ve seen from the girls all year,” said coach Kayla Ross. “The girls played solid defense the majority of the game and hustled nonstop.”

South Winn trailed the rival Warriors 6-5 after the opening quarter. Central went on to extend its lead to 17-7 at the half before getting hot in the third quarter to lead 40-11.

The Warriors were led by senior Liz Tieskoetter with nine points. Mary Frana and Janessa Zweibahmer led the team in rebounding with nine apiece. Tieskoetter and freshman Clare Courtney each had four steals in the tough loss.

“This is the most I’ve seen them play as a team with toughness yet this season,” closed Ross. “It makes me very proud!” 

SCORE BY QUARTERS

1 2 3 4 Final

SW 5 2 6 5 19

C 6 11 23 10 50

SW (19) – Tieskoetter, 9; Zweibahmer, 4; Courtney, 2; Hemesath, 2; Frana, 1; Kleve, 1. 

3-pointers – Tieskoetter, 1.

Rebounds – Frana, 9; Zweibahmer, 9; Tieskoetter, 5; Courtney, 2; Zweibohmer, 2; Kleve, 2; Biraschi, 1.

Assists – Heying, 1.

Steals – Courtney, 4; Tieskoetter, 4; Frana, 2; Hemesath, 1; Zweibahmer, 1.

Blocks – N/A

Kee

The Warriors traveled to Lansing on Friday to take on the 7-4 Kee Hawks. South Winn struggled in the contest, falling 64-35.

“This was not our best game, that’s for sure,” said Coach Ross after the loss. “We did not execute on offense and the amount of turnovers we had is what lost us the game.”

Wed
15
Jan

Margaret Bohr

Margaret Bohr

 

Margaret Bohr, age 89, of Ossian, Iowa, died on Thursday, January 9, 2020 at Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah.

Visitation was from 4 – 7 p.m. on Monday, January 13, 2020 at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Ossian and also after 10 a.m. at the church on Tuesday. There was a prayer service at 7 p.m. following the visitation on Monday. The Schluter-Balik Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Ossian with Rev. Donald Hertges presiding. Burial will be in the church cemetery following the service.

Wed
15
Jan

Winneshiek Medical Center, Decorah First Baby of 2020

Lillian Hensley was the first baby born in the new year at Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah. She was born at 7:25 p.m. on Jan. 5, weighing 6 pounds, 6 ounces and measuring 19 inches long. Lillian is the daughter of Matt and Katie Hensley of Waucoma. (submitted photo)

 

Winneshiek Medical Center, Decorah - First Baby of 2020

 

 

 

 

Wed
15
Jan

Baby Boom in St. Lucas

Families in Saint Lucas hold their children at a gathering on Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. (Allison Wong/KCRG)

 

Baby Boom in Lucas

 

Courtesy of KCRG)

St. Lucas, with a population of roughly 150 people, is experiencing a baby boom.

In the last 10 years, many young families have settled down in this quiet community.

“We recently had 19 babies born in the last year and a half or so, from August 2018 through October 2019,” resident Courtney Schott explained. “Then we’ve had a couple more families announce recently that they’re expecting again.

Schott has two kids herself; the Gage family added baby Sutton about six months ago; there are four boys in the Hackman family; John and Joann Svendsen have a son who is almost four and a little girl who is 16 months old; the list of growing families really goes on and on.

“The town has completely changed from, you know, a bunch of retired people a bunch of young families, so it’s pretty cool," Eric Dietzenbach, a Saint Lucas resident, said.

People say there are many reasons for the boom. Some residents have lived in Saint Lucas their whole lives and started families. Other moved away for college or a job, and then decided to come back.

Wed
15
Jan

Water Advisory Lifted

The City of West Union has declared at 12:15 pm on Wednesday the 15th that the results are in and the Water is OK!!! Boil Advisory is lifted.

 

Wed
15
Jan

January 2020 named Mentoring Month in Fayette County

On Monday, January 13, the Fayette County Supervisors declared January 2020 to be National Mentoring month.  Pictured are (front l-r) Fayette County Supervisor Janine Tellin, Chase Miller, Tammy Moser, Jaycee Lopez, Haley Voshell, NFVCC Youth Development Coordinator Josi Baker, Randy Wiedenhoff, Fayette County Supervisor Marty Stanbrough, (back) Ann Dibble, Holly Gibbs, NFVCC Mentoring Coordinator, Jen Stolka, and NFVCC Coalition Director, Stacie Schroeder.  (Megan Molseed photo) 

 

January 2020 named Mentoring Month in Fayette County

 

By Megan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

It’s official! January 2020 has officially been declared Mentoring Month in Fayette County.

“Our program works hard to promote the well-being and the health of the youth within the North Fayette Valley School district,” said Jen Stolka, coordinator of the North Fayette Valley Community Coalition (NFVCC) mentoring program.  “Through the program we develop well-rounded leaders through community involvement and the promotion of a healthy lifestyle.” 

The program pairs students within the North Fayette Valley school system with adult mentors striving to connect youth with caring adults who can help them aspire, achieve, and develop to their fullest potential.

“We have a great group right now,” smiled Stolka.  “Some of the pairs have been together for ten years now!” 

One such pair is mentor, Randy Wiedenhoff and his mentee, Chase Miller.

“When I first got this guy, he was about four-feet tall,” laughed Wiedenhoff of Miller who now surpasses that height by more than a little.  “He’s taller than me now!” 

Wed
15
Jan

NFV board discusses denied donation to wrestling program

NFB board discusses denied donation to wrestling program

 

By Megan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

The North Fayette Valley school board met for its regular meeting on Monday, January 13.

During the meeting, members of the Tigerhawk Wrestling Club (THWC) addressed the board concerning the denial of a $12,000 wrestling mat donation for the NFV wrestling program from the THWC.

“In the beginning we were approached by members of the booster club with the idea,” noted THWC president Chris Lundgren.  “The idea in the beginning was to split the cost fifty-fifty with the booster club to get the best product we could.” 

“All the other sports have updated Tigerhawk facilities and gear,” noted Casey McDermott, also a member of the THWC.  

“Wrestling is the only sport still using North Fayette and Valley equipment,” agreed Lundgren.  “We were in a position to help update that and we wanted to help.” 

Lundgren went on to say that with the initial fifty-fifty proposal in mind, the THWC began pricing options for an updated mat.    

“We found a great deal on one of the new light-weight mats with a company that would design it for us, with the logo and everything with a $2,000 discount,” Lundgren continued.  “All we had to do was pick it up in Minnesota.” 

Lundgren went on to explain that during this process, they were working with the NFV wrestling coach and soon found out that the mat was being turned down by the high school.

Wed
15
Jan

John and Clara Pleis

John and Clara Pleis

 

John and Clara Pleis will be honored with an open house to celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary on Sunday, Jan. 19, at Maple Crest Manor in Fayette. Their family will host the event from 2-4 p.m.

John and Clara were married Jan. 15, 1950 at St. John’s Lutheran Church parsonage in Arlington. They are lifelong area farmers. Their family includes three children, Jim and Lillian Novak, Shirley and Jim Thompson, and Jane and Dick Wells, along with 4 grandchildren (one deceased), and 5 great-granddaughters.

Everyone is invited to share in this milestone celebration. Cards are also welcome and can be sent to the couple at PO Box 667, Fayette, IA 52142.

 

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